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Kathleen Jaeger was tapped just five months ago to lead the National Community Pharmacists Association, but the organization announced Friday that she has resigned to “pursue other opportunities.”

“I appreciated the opportunity to work with the NCPA executive committee and its staff,” said Jaeger, who last year stepped down from the Generic Pharmaceutical Association amid controversy over the departure of one of its biggest members, Teva Pharmaceuticals. “In the end, we agreed that we wanted to take the association in different directions.”

The NCPA already has named Douglas Hoey as Jaeger’s replacement as executive vice president and CEO.

Hoey, the association’s former senior vice president and chief operating officer, is a registered pharmacist.

“We thank Kathleen for her leadership during her tenure with our association,” said NCPA President Robert Greenwood — a Waterloo, Iowa, pharmacy owner — in a statement. “She brought many talents and ideas to NCPA. We wish Kathleen all the best in her future endeavors.”

Greenwood added that the group is “excited about Doug’s leadership. … He grew up working in a community pharmacy, has served patients as a pharmacist and has dedicated his career to advancing the ability of community pharmacists to effectively care for their patients.”

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